Commission Chairman Peter F. Murphy - Planning Commission


Commissioner Peter F. Murphy, Jr.

Serving his 9th term on the Planning Commission, Peter F. Murphy, who received the prestigious Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations’ 2013 Citizen of the Year Award, was first appointed by the Board of Supervisors to represent the Springfield District in December 1982 upon a motion by then Supervisor Marie Travesky. He has subsequently been reappointed by the Board for additional four-year terms in 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 on motions introduced by Supervisors Elaine McConnell and Pat Herrity. Commissioner Murphy’s current term expires in December 2018.

In 2016, Murphy chaired the Land Use Process Review Committee and the Telecommunications Committee. He was also a member of the Personnel and Budget Committee, the Capital Improvement Program Committee, and an alternate member of the Housing and Schools Committees. During his tenure on the Commission, he has been an active member of the following committees and task forces: Policy and Procedures, Subcommittee on P-Districts; Lot Reduction Ordinance Amendment; 50th Anniversary; Redevelopment and Housing; Transportation; Fort Belvoir Engineer Proving Ground Task Force; Route 28 Corridor Task Force; C&I Advisory; Parks; and Infill and Residential Development. In prior years, he also chaired the following: Fort Belvoir/BRAC Area Plan Review Committee; Capital Improvement Program Committee; Seminar Committee; Committee on Proffers and Staff Reports; Development Criteria Committee; Retail Uses in Industrial Districts Committee; Committee on 456/2232 Procedures; and Mini-Mart Committee.

Mr. Murphy continues as Commission Chairman – first elected in 1989. He previously served two terms as Vice Chairman and three years as Commission Secretary.

Mr. Murphy served as the Board of Supervisors’ appointee to the Baseball Site Selection Task Force and served as Chairman of the Western Fairfax VRE Station Study Task Force. He also chaired the County’s Telecommunications Task Force.

Commissioner Murphy was the first elected chairman of the Northern Virginia Planning District Commission’s Council for Planning Commission Chairmen.

Commissioner Murphy was appointed in June 2006 as an At-Large member of the Celebrate Fairfax, Inc., Board of Directors. He previously served six years on the Celebrate Fairfax Board of Directors and was elected Vice President for Planning and Administration and later Vice President for Programs.

He is also a member The Old Guard Monument Campaign Leadership Council.

In 2010, he was selected to serve on the Department of Defense 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Commission.

Mr. Murphy is the recipient of the following awards and honors: the Department of the Army Commander’s Award (Medal) for Public Service (2009); the 2007 Lawrence V. Fowler Award, established to recognize the service of a member of a county government board, authority, commission or committee; the 2006 Katherine K. Hanley Public Service Award from Leadership Fairfax, Inc.; the Times Courier Citizen of the Year Award; the Distinguished Public Service Leadership Award presented by the Springfield District Council; the Fairfax County Volunteer of the Year Award in the Community Leader Category; an Honors Award from the County’s Department of Planning and Zoning; the Army Ten-Miler Leadership Award; Honorary Alumnus, Norwich University; Honorary Chief, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department; and the 2003 James Scott Public Community Spirit Award from Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.

He was also selected as a “Center of Influence” by the U.S. Army Cadet Command in 2010.

In 1999, Mr. Murphy was named Lord Fairfax for the Springfield District, and, in 2013, he received the Celebrate Fairfax Ambassador Award presented to those who have dedicated themselves to the success of Celebrate Fairfax and who have served for extended periods time significantly improving the organization and its events.

Commissioner Murphy, a graduate of Boston College who received an Army Commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, is in the public relations and communications field in the private sector.

He resides in Burke, Va., with his wife, Charlene, and daughter, Cherilyn

Murphy was featured in the first issue of the Planning Communicator, which is available online at:


To contact Commissioner Murphy, please utilize the contact form at this link.

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